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By bigruss
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1997 Ford F-150 XLT 3dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB


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I have a 1997 F-150 XLT 4x4 with approx 165000 mi, ran well when just bought but developed a heavy cylinder misfiring issue. This is common with many F-150s especially the 4.6L V-8. I had to take the truck into the shop 3 times to fix the issue and the cause still cannot be diagnosed today. It is still misfiring! I do know that I have to keep changing my spark plugs which are almost impossible to gain access to. The total cost of repairs on this issue is now near $500. Another issue with this F-150 is the 4 wheel drive system. It mal-engages and a I hear a big BOOM underneath the cab. I engage it normally by setting it in neutral and then switching it. Ford must improve their quality!


Best Features

Sharp looking in and out. Powerful and OK fuel economy for a V-8 truck


Worst Features

Poorly built engine and very hard to work with. (Spark plugs hard to change) 4x4 needs to be constructed better


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Slightly modded, but was fine before.
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By Al Hoyt
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1997 Ford F-150 XL 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB


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I own a 97 Ford F-150 XL Step-Side, 4.2L V6. Of course the V6 is lighter and quicker then the 4.6L I run all over 4.6's Tranny went out before I bought the truck, which suprised me, usually Ford trannys, especaily manuals are indestructible. Nothing at all has gone wrong with it other than that. I have 115,000 miles on it now. I installed a belltech 6" drop for better handling. Very tight turning radius. Very lightweight. And I get better mileage than my dad's 4.6L. Very well built truck. Fun to drive, starts effortlessly every morning. I never worry about anything.


Best Features

Very tight turning radius. Awesome body lines, and design. Fun to drive. I can pull 20 mpg if not bucking heavy wind. Very easy to work on.


Worst Features

Heavier duty tranny.


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Ford Tough
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By Larry
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1997 Ford F-150 Lariat 3dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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Bought this truck from original owner with 60k miles on it. It now has 215k and is like new! Other than ordinary maintenance, I put a new radiator in at 150k and an alternator at 195k. Heads have never been off. It just keeps running and everything works. Paint is unbelievable. People can't believe it's 10 yrs old. I fully expect to get at least 250k from this completely stock 5.4L beauty.


Best Features

Lariat creature comforts. The 4WD sits you up high. Pulls anything like it's a mosquito.


Worst Features

Extended cab F-150s in '97 only had 3 doors. 4 would have been nice.


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Overall very nice truck
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By Earl
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1997 Ford F-150 XLT 3dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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Very comfortable ride. Quiet engine. Mileage good for large truck. Has 100,000 miles on it. Looks and runs like new truck


Best Features

CD player. Trailer hitch. Camper shell. Bed liner. Power steering, power brakes. Electric window and door locks. Extended cab. Running boards. Alarm system.


Worst Features

Extra fuel tank. Larger 3rd door on both sides


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I do not trust this vehicle
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By ice cream man
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1997 Ford F-150 XLT 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB


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I like the drive but I cannot keep it on the road because I've had numerous problems. I have replaced the engine twice in less than a year and the transmision during this time and now I am experiencing a vacuum leak. I will never invest in anything that has the name Ford on it, even if it is a toy.


Best Features

Exterior look


Worst Features

Gas mileage, problematic transmission & engine


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